All students learned the first part of the Chinese New Year song. This week, Post Oak and Laurel Oak students are learning the second part and singing the entire song. In the first half of the song, we sing “Gong hay fat choy,” which is Chinese for “may you prosper.” This is a greeting said upon seeing friends and families during the new year celebration. We wish others to prosper in wealth, family, and career.
The second part of the song is about specific choices and activities that bring good luck during the Chinese New Year celebration. Lion dances, dragon dances, the color red, and eating with family (a feast) all bring good luck. In sharing and teaching my culture to students and The Parish School, I have realized how superstitious I am (and many Chinese people). We are very specific in how we ring in the new year with clothing, cleaning, food, dance, and music. The root behind most decisions are for good luck and good wishes for the new year.
Enjoy a video of the Ants singing the Chinese New Year Song. They are very excited about the song and love to move with the words to express themselves.
Here are the lyrics to my Chinese New Year song:
Happy Chinese New Year
“Gong Hay Fat Choy”
May you prosper
Year of the dragon
Lion dances bring good luck.
Dragon dances bring good luck.
The color red brings good luck.
Eating with family brings good luck.